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FAQs

Who can apply?

The Fund helps professional actors and theatrical stage managers who are unable to work because of an accident, illness or old age. 

Note: if you are a dancer, a singer or a variety performer or if you are a member of the theatrical profession and have children under 19 there are other charities which may be able to help you.  Please see the Links to Related Charities.

CAN THE ABF HELP STUDENTS?

The Fund cannot provide help with either course fees or living expenses for drama students.

HOW TO FILL IN THE FORM

Please fill in the form carefully and give full details of your professional career together with your Spotlight link, Equity Number or IMDB entry if appropriate.

WHEN WILL MY APPLICATION BE CONSIDERED?

The ABF Council meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month.  Please make sure your application reaches the offices by the Friday before a meeting.  This allows time for your application to be processed before the meeting.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED EMERGENCY HELP?

If you have an emergency and need help between Council meetings please phone the ABF office on 020 7836 6378 for advice.

IS MY APPLICATION CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes. All applications remain confidential.  From time to time the ABF may approach another theatrical charity on your behalf but only with your permission.  

DO I NEED TO SEND IN ANY OTHER INFORMATION?

If you are applying because you are in poor health or have had an accident, please send in a recent doctor’s letter, which gives details of your condition.  Most NHS doctors will provide such a letter free of charge but if your doctor does charge for this letter please send in the bill and the Fund will reimburse you for any reasonable cost. 

If you have any letters from the Benefits Agency confirming your level of benefit or giving reasons for the amount that you receive from them that would also be helpful.

Please click here to download.

General Secretary
Actors’ Benevolent Fund  
6 Adam Street
London WC2N 6AD